LD 317 (subjects: PUBLIC LANDS , ACCESS )
Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=317&PID=1456&snum=127
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Principal Sponsor: Rep. Henry John Bear of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians: (U – District 154) — e-mail | Facebook
- Rep. Richard Farnsworth of Portland: (D – District 37) — e-mail | Facebook
Rep. Susan Austin of Gray: (R – District 67) — e-mail | Facebook
Rep. Richard Campbell of Orrington: (R – District 130) — e-mail | Facebook
Rep. Wayne T. Mitchell of the Penobscot Nation: (I – District 152) — e-mail
Rep. Matthew Dana II of the Passamaquoddy Tribe: (I – District 153) — e-mail | Facebook
Sen. Nathan Libby of Androscoggin: (D – District 21) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook
|2/10/2015||House||Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
|2/12/2015||Senate||On motion by Senator Edgecomb of Aroostook, REFERRED to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in concurrence.|
|3/10/2015||Senate||Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)|
An Act To Recognize and Provide for the Right of Access for Members of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians To Certain Public Lands in Aroostook County for Traditional Uses
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA c. 219 is enacted to read:
ACCESS BY HOULTON BAND OF MALISEET INDIANS ON CERTAIN LANDS FOR WOOD HARVESTING
1771. Authority to harvest wood in Aroostook County
Notwithstanding any other provision of law and in accordance with rules adopted by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, referred to in this section as “the commissioner,” a member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians who is a resident of the State, referred to in this section as “an eligible tribal member,” may collect or harvest wood or wood fiber in Aroostook County on lands owned by the State and on uninhabited lands in the unorganized and deorganized areas of Aroostook County without fee or cost for the purpose of using the wood or wood fiber for fuel, personal shelter construction or traditional woodcraft production.
(1) An adequate number of birch trees that have a radius of greater than 16 inches and that are otherwise suitable for canoe making are accessible to eligible tribal members; and
(2) An adequate number of ash trees suitable for basket making are accessible to eligible tribal members;
Rules adopted pursuant to this section are major substantive rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
The commissioner shall review the rules periodically to ensure compliance with the requirements of this subsection.
This bill permits any member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians who is a resident of the State to collect or harvest wood or wood fiber in Aroostook County on lands owned by the State and uninhabited lands in the unorganized and deorganized areas of the county for the purpose of using the wood or wood fiber for fuel, personal shelter construction or traditional woodcraft production.
The bill directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to adopt rules governing the collection and harvesting of wood or wood fiber by members of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.
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